Everspace 2 is a very unique game that combines classic RPG formula with old school space shooter elements. The end result is a title that differs in every way from the previous one. Instead of a slightly interesting roguelike, this time we have a fun space RPG with an open world, fun battles and a great soundtrack.
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While Everspace 2 may seem simple at first glance, the game has many features and mechanics that can be easily missed, especially if you are new to the genre. But don't worry, because at Group 34 we've put together a list of tips and tricks to help you start your adventures off on the right foot.
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Invest early in tractor beam upgrades
In this game, you cannot live for a minute without this tool, resources, consumables, or various items. When you first start out, you can't drag multiple items onto your ship at once, and it gets a little tedious after a while. Fortunately, this will not be the case in the Tractor Beam update.
Upgrading Dax can be unlocked and requires a lot of resources and credits, but it's worth it. A first level upgrade increases the tractor beam size, while a second level upgrade allows you to haul more objects at the same time. This is the best of all the upgrades Dax has to offer and will save you a lot of time in the long run. There is a third level of upgrade that increases tractor beam speed, but it's not very useful, so feel free to take it or leave it.
Wait for the items to be sorted
Speaking of loot, you get so much stuff in Everspace 2 that you'll often have to get rid of some of it to make room in your cargo hold, aka your inventory. This can be a problem if you need the location and can't access it to sell more loot. If you're in the area, you can now store some of your items in your home base or, usually the best option, drop them in to get resources.
It should be noted that you cannot disassemble any component until you purchase a charging unit. If you try to do this before buying, the item will simply disappear. Shipping containers allow for disassembly as well as bulking of your products, so they are very useful. It should also be noted that only weapons and units can be disassembled. Items such as consumables and furniture can be sold or destroyed.
Save items for later
If you like Freelancer, you'll appreciate the inclusion of merchandise in Everspace 2. The trading system in this game is a bit basic, but it's a nice addition. As you explore Cluster 34, you will inevitably find everything from firearms and mining to medicine, clothing, ramen, and more. With limited shipping space, it's tempting to sell immediately to your nearest dealer, but this isn't necessarily a good idea. Or at least not always.
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Marketing at Everspace 2 is based on the basic principles of supply and demand. As a result, the product will sell better in some systems than in others. You just need to hover over the product to see if it is salable in the current system. If not, you can keep the item in your base until you find yourself in a system where it sells well. If you understand how markets work, you can buy products cheaply in one system and make a profit in another.
Buy armor quickly
Ships, shields and shields are the three lines of defense for your ship. While you don't have to worry about buying armor at first, you will need to complete a few tasks for Dax before he will give you the armor. In addition, you can easily purchase and increase your protection as quickly as possible. This is especially important if you are playing on high difficulty as each hit on the enemy ship will cause a lot of damage.
Apparently, you'll find commercial exit barriers at each of the three locations where you rescue Dax during the End of the Universe mission. This is the Union Bridge and CETO's outer edge. The outer edge merchants of CETO are a little out of the way, but look out for the Flying Dukes and you'll find them there. When you enter the sector, you will come to a checkpoint that will indicate the way to the "Flying Duchess".
Loss of energy with loss of movement
In Everspace 2, you only need to worry about two types of damage – strength and energy. Armor only protects against energy damage, while shields only protect against movement damage. Most weapons in the game deal both types of damage to varying degrees. In general, each weapon does more damage than the other. It's a good idea to have at least one kinetic damage special weapon and one energy damage special weapon ready so you can quickly switch things up depending on the enemy you're up against.
From time to time, you will encounter more special weapons that deal the same damage. These usually include secondary weapons and things like missiles and electromagnetic missiles. These tools have additional effects that can be used for you. For example, attrition missiles deal damage over time, while EMP missiles temporarily stun targets. Before using the tool, be sure to read the description to see what it does.
An unknown object, an unknown sign, and a sign of anxiety
While there's a lot to like about Everspace 2, the navigation leaves a lot to be desired. Star systems are divided into small states rather than true open worlds, and most of the optional systems aren't worth exploring. Fortunately, it's easy to know which ones to look for based on their type. The three main types are missed stations, unknown signals, and distress signals. It is always worth investigating only the first of them.
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As you progress through the story, undiscovered locations appear on your map and usually contain side quests, interesting puzzles, or some kind of valuable reward. Sometimes all three. You'll also get a mainframe component each time you complete it, so it definitely can't be ignored. For the unknown and unlucky omens, these are small instances where you go with them to find some resources or do some work in exchange for some loot. You'll run into a lot of them as you travel from one place to another, and since they're mostly just flashy missions, you won't miss much by ignoring them.
Use AOE weapons to mine
While you can craft most types of items using parts from additional kits, you will need some resources to craft parts like batteries and cables. Resources are required to unlock the friend bonus and can be generated from asteroids in cluster 34. Mining in Everspace 2 is very easy since you just aim and shoot, but you can use terrain damage if you want to. It works.
Firing an AA gun or a missile at a mine intersection will release all the resources inside, allowing you to collect everything at once. Mining with most weapons is really time consuming and boring. If you are near a mining node when it explodes, you do not need to use the tractor beam, as all resources will be automatically captured by your ship. Don't stand too close, you could blow yourself up in the process.
Listen to the hidden container
There is nothing more satisfying than solving a challenging puzzle and opening a chest full of goodies. Or is there? What if I told you that Everspace 2 has some very rare and valuable items that you haven't seen? As the name suggests, covered pots are not visible until you get close to them, making them easy to miss. But just because you can't see them doesn't mean you can't find them.
Unlike other containers, it doesn't appear as a small icon on the HUD to tell you where it is, but it makes a sound that you can follow. The sound is accompanied by a flashing visual signal, but this signal is very weak, so it is best to try to follow the sound at a high volume when approaching the source. Once you get close to the source of the signal, look closely and you'll eventually see a clear, invisible container waiting to be plundered.
A set of track equipment
Combo bonuses are a staple of fantasy RPGs, but they are also present in Everspace 2. Gear combinations are not very common in this game, so you should get every combination you can find. If you experience other spells later. Some sets contain only two items, others may contain up to five items, and usually every item in the set is identical.
The first combo you'll encounter is the Union Eclipse, which gives you 30% more damage for 5 seconds each time you switch your primary weapon. Don't forget that you can increase item level and rarity through crafting, so don't throw away combos after crafting them. You can always update them later.
Use the slide drive
Combat in Everspace 2 can be overwhelming, even early in the game. Of course, you have plenty of equipment to compensate for your numerical superiority, including melee weapons, ultimate skills, consumables, and more. But despite all that, you can easily find yourself in a situation full of enemies, and that's when the good old jumps come in handy.
Running away from a fight may seem shameful, but it gives you a chance to fight another day. It's also worth considering going for a cruise when you want to go fast, but if you want to make sure no one can follow you, fast driving is the way to go. Note that the driver will charge very slowly when attacking. Don't forget to boost the engine while charging and use some clever escape maneuvers to increase your chances of getting out unscathed.
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